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Monday, April 12, 2010

Mergrande Ocean Resort - Toril Davao City

Like every cities, Davao City is widely known for having a numerous beautiful and cool swimming pools. One resort that you should put on your travel list when visiting Davao City is the Mergrande Ocean Resort.

This summer we decided to try Mergrande Ocean Resort since it is near to our location. Living in Davao City, this is my very first time to visit the resort. How awkward it is! And I was amazed with the beauty of those landscaping I saw when we arrived. The resort has a nature ambiance which is really cool and very relaxing.

Entering the resort you will see a mountain like wall at the back of the pool with a waterfalls effects from the top - a really breathtaking landscapes. This makes the resort attractive. Since that was summer time, the place is so full. We enjoy though the pool wasn't that deep as we expected. Depth is only 5 ft. No diving but still there are lots to do to have fun. And truly, the resort is really cool, that's the thing I can assure you. :D

Unlike other swimming pools, Mergrande's pool floor level was painted in mint green that gives the water a green color. This is perfectly designed to make it match to it's nature like ambiance.

mergrande ocean resort

mergrande ocean resort

There were small cottages available inside and a cafeteria. Bringing of food isn't allowed inside however there are cottages outside, cottages that are really meant for people who's in the beach but then you can pay for one cottage if you want to bring many foods. I don't really recommend the beach because it's dangerous due to it's inconsistent sea level. The huge nipa hut cottage is only PHP300.00. Prices in cafeteria is also expensive so it is more good to bring foods with you and take a cottage outside.

You can experience Mergrande Ocean Resort for a low price. Entrance fee is only PHP20.00 and PHP10.00 for children. The pool is open until 11:00PM.

How To Get There

It is easy to get there, starting point, let's say in Davao City proper. You can take a PUJ with Toril route at Bonifacio St. and then just ask the driver to drop you at Mergrande's highway. Then take a motorcycle to reach the place. If you get a taxi in case you are not comfortable in PUJ, that is also good. Davao City taxi drivers are very honest, no taxi meter cheat and they are hospitable. So when you travel Davao City, don't forget to try Mergrande Ocean Resort.

Room Rates
- Aircon Cottages P 1,500.00($30.00)
- Pirate Aircon Cottages P 1,250.00($25.00)
- Fisherman Non- aircon P 800.00($16.00)

Mergrande Ocean Resort
Bago Aplaya, Talomo District, near AH 26, Davao City 8000
(082) 2984100

Monday, April 12, 2010 by pinoytravelpod · 1

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Epol Waterfalls Former Epol Spring Resort - Holy Week Minor Climb

Epol Waterfalls

Seeing a waterfalls is an enchanted feeling. It is one of the best and exciting adventure that you should list on your blog journal. Since Philippines is blessed with so much nature wonders, then Philippines is expected to have large numbers of majestic waterfalls. However some of them are difficult to accomplish and extremely dangerous. And I know that there are still undiscovered waterfalls in the Philippines.

I know one good and safe waterfalls in Mindanao and should be listed as best Davao tourist spot too. It is easy to climb, human friendly forest and a recommended one to those who are just starting to do mountain climbing. The trek is very easy, no sweat at all. :D

I already visited this place when I was in high school but then blogging that time was not on my mind. That time, that huge stones you can see on the photos were so naturally beautiful but then on my second visit this year, those stones has now full of carved names, which is so sad to think that people who visited the place never gave value to it's beauty. Char only - :D

Epol Waterfalls Epol Waterfalls

Epol Waterfalls Epol Waterfalls

When we get there, it is really cold due to Marilog's climate plus it was a rainy day season. It is really foggy and it doubles the adventure because of the muddy trail we trek. There's a base camp where you can pitch your tent, there are also few cottages you can rent. From the base camp, you can reach the waterfalls in no time. The falls ins't that high and deep but when rainy season, the current  is strong  and waters go deep.

I would advise you to stay overnight at the base camp for many reasons. One reason is that traveling back and forth will took you so long, second you won't enjoy the place if you travel back the same day and possibly you cannot reach the exit trail before day is over. You wouldn't dare to trek forest at night, would you?

How To Get There

Epol waterfalls is located  in Marilog, Davao City.  Marilog District is a 100 kilometers from Davao proper and will take you almost 3 and half hour to travel. Epol falls was known as Green Valley waterfalls before.

From Davao City proper, you can reach Marilog by riding a bus via Cagayan Buda. Bus terminal is located at Ecoland, Davao City. Bus fare to Marilog is only 200.00. If the place is already foggy then that signifies that you just entered Marilog District. Tell the bus driver to drop you at Busai or Epol waterfalls. On the left road, there's a sign board pointing you where to start your trek down to the falls.

When you reached Marilog road,  started your trek immediately. There is entrance fee collected when you pass by at the first house going down the waterfalls. They used to collect fees to maintain the cleanliness of the falls.

To get back, same thing to do, wait a bus from the Epol road and buses will usually go back to Ecoland terminal. Easy right? Enjoy and happy travel! ^_^

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 by pinoytravelpod · 4

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